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Riley OConnor
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What is often forgotten in this discussion is that the Overlay was the result of at least five or maybe six public meetings where many residents of the neighborhood came together to work out some sort of plan. We all knew that, at some point, there would be dense development around the MARTA station and the idea was to come up with something which the community would feel comfortable with. A plan. The company doing the study, if I remember correctly, was Urban Collage with funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission. Of course, there were the usual DeKalb County oddities… Read more »
Frustrated
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Have you been to the meetings this summer? Have you seen the survey results or petition signatures? Have you read comments etc? You say “the idea was to come up with something which the community would feel comfortable with” the above are examples to prove that with the exception of the usual suspects the community is NOT comfortable with the overlay! The sad part is the usual suspects are weaseling the community out of having a say again. Maybe we should change the name of the city to be more reflective, something like Boughthaven, were representatives are in the pockets… Read more »
Thomas Porter
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The Overlay’s biggest flaws are in the blunt force trauma to abutting neighborhoods, and, the extremely low parking requirements – especially for restaurants which have a voracious appetite for parking. Unlike Virginia Highlands for example, the parking issues came as no surprise to Brookhaven, yet we’re blowing the opportunity to correct. The Overlay presumes there are about 10 people in each car, I doubt the average is even 2. Now this repair to this code is delayed AGAIN. Thank you Council!

On the Record
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Updating the code is analogous to repairing a critical component of an airplane engine during flight. Everything keeps moving. Development isn’t waiting for the code update, it’s happening now.

Riley OConnor
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I think that the Overlay wishfully thinks that everybody will be taking MARTA or will strictly be locals walking in. When 1441 Dresden was up for approval by the DeKalb County Commission, one of our representatives acknowledged that parking would be an issue but let it ride by anyway. Her comment: “Well, everybody will be taking MARTA.” Which was a nasty shot at MARTA. And, of course, parking has always been a problem at 1441 and its vicinity. Back in the day (circa early 1980’s), the City of Atlanta tried something similar by limiting the amount of parking space available… Read more »
Saul
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Karl O’Reilly, will you be considering running for political office in the near future? Or, is it your preference to observe, commentate, assess and review?

Riley OConnor
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The only political position that I might be interested in would be Adult Entertainment Facility Inspector.

Royal Flush
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It’s pretty incredible that the city is still trying to get their act together on Zoning/Overlay/LCI/Character Study/Greenway/Comprehensive plans. Perhaps a 10 year plan (within budget) and zoning that reflects that plan would be most cost effective and most simple. Why does planning have to be so complicated? I am tired of my tax money going towards funding of these studies/plans/rewrites. Get it together, Brookhaven!

Chad
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If we continue to push the Overlay rewrite down the calendar, we should extend the moratorium on new development to match. That’s a reasonable request to Mattison’s extension. Second, MARTA manipulated the process by increasing the density assumptions in 2011, or whenever, when they changed Brookhaven Oglethorpe MARTA from a ‘neighborhood’ station to a ‘town center’ station. Next, eliminate the Overlay District boundary entirely from everything south of Apple Valley down Dresden. Last, the MARTA TOD sewer solution is now being sold as ‘we’ll divert half the sewer into the Historic Brookhaven.’ That’s no solution. It simply adds another neighborhood… Read more »
Kerry
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“…in the interest of the work being performed by the most qualified vendor and “getting it right.” Raises an eyebrow about all the character area studies we are doing with Sycamore and TSW. Why were they qualified enough for the rest of the city but not the Overlay? Does this mean the rest of us are getting a superficial, less qualified study? I hope that’s not the case. Looking for a new vendor casts shade on our efforts ‘to get it right’ throughout the entire city. Plus, because faith in City Hall is still wobbly, people may think they are… Read more »
Frustrated
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Well said! I don’t trust anything from city hall any more – what made Bates change his mind and put the breaks on.. A call from his wealthy buddies at the BPCA?

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